anyone else changing careers to go into nursing? - page 16

Hi everyone! Is anyone else here totally changing careers to go to nursing school? I guess I'm looking for a little encouragement that it's OK for me to want to get out of the corporate/business... Read More

  1. by   Teena Louise
    I worked as an administrative assistant for 25 years, at the age of 43 I decided it was time to do something more with my life. I am now at the end of my first year in nursing school, and I love it. Don't get me wrong it hasn't been easy, there have been plenty of days I asked myself why I left my cushy 9-5 desk job. But you only need one good clinical day where you left the hospital feeling like you really did something worthwhile, or the day when one of your patients tells you that you are going to be a really good nurse then all of the sleepless nights up studying and the agonizing over tests is not so bad after all.

    I wish you luck in your endeavor. Say goodbye to the cold corporate world where nobody appreciates your skills and and hello to nursing where your patients will appreciate you more than you can ever know. Just remember one thing, always treat your patients the way you would want someone to treat you.
  2. by   KarenAR
    Quote from dwoods1972
    We who have chosen to become nurses from other careers were meant to be nurses from the start. We took a different path to get there and we are now here .
    I dunno - for ME personally, nursing is most likely another "step" toward something different. May combine it with my editorial background to be a health writer (with a magazine, or a health foundation/organization, or some other avenue).

    But I am glad for YOU that you have arrived (are arriving?) where you are meant to be!
  3. by   piper_for_hire
    I'm already leaning towards a career in Nursing Informatics - in my previous life I was a software developer. I think all of us career changers will fit in nicely to nursing - what with all of the different things that we can do.


    -S
  4. by   chiliwings
    Hi!!! Are you in the process of getting your Masters in Informatics? I too am currently working in IT, but will be switching to nursing as soon as I get my pre-reqs done. Just curious, what made you switch and how is informatics? I am planning to take this route eventually too. Anyway, I hope you can share your experiences since I have not found a lot of information about this field in nursing.

    Thanks!

    Oh by the way, please check out this thread too. http://allnurses.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61843



    Quote from piper_for_hire
    I'm already leaning towards a career in Nursing Informatics - in my previous life I was a software developer. I think all of us career changers will fit in nicely to nursing - what with all of the different things that we can do.


    -S
  5. by   nurseem
    I am also changing careers. you know its time when you take a vacation and come back and feel like you never left. i can't stand sitting at a desk all day and love helping people. I work for criminal attorneys for about 6 years and it gets rather old after a while.I will graduate in December of 2005 with my LPN and will go on for my RN. I am really excited i always wanted to be a nurse but was always scared that i would be grossed out with the blood and all. then about 6 months ago i decided that i really hated my job and said GET OVER IT! i called the local college and didn't hesitate in registering!!!!
  6. by   victoriac
    Hi, Amy--

    You are not alone. I'm thinking seriously of making the career switch from education. I'm really interested in this field and am taking this summer to explore options. Sometimes it feels strange and frightening to imagine shifting to such a different kind of work as nursing. I'm struggling with fears that come with realizing the awesome responsibility of having people's lives in my hands. And yet, I have that now, as a teacher (in a different way) and certainly as a parent. I also think that I could handle that responsibility with more competence now than when I was younger. What's more, I think that I can use skills I've developed in my present work. You probably have many skills that you developed in your present work, including coping with ther stress of deadlines, problem-solving, communications, attention to details, teamwork. Those will probably be assets in nursing, in ways that will emerge as you go along. We need to think positively about all that we have learned, and see the growth that comes with career change as an asset. Good luck!
  7. by   Hopegirl
    Quote from victoriac
    Hi, Amy--

    You are not alone. I'm thinking seriously of making the career switch from education. I'm really interested in this field and am taking this summer to explore options. Sometimes it feels strange and frightening to imagine shifting to such a different kind of work as nursing. I'm struggling with fears that come with realizing the awesome responsibility of having people's lives in my hands. And yet, I have that now, as a teacher (in a different way) and certainly as a parent. I also think that I could handle that responsibility with more competence now than when I was younger. What's more, I think that I can use skills I've developed in my present work. You probably have many skills that you developed in your present work, including coping with ther stress of deadlines, problem-solving, communications, attention to details, teamwork. Those will probably be assets in nursing, in ways that will emerge as you go along. We need to think positively about all that we have learned, and see the growth that comes with career change as an asset. Good luck!
    May I ask where you teach and why you are thinking of switching careers? What part of the country are you in?
  8. by   TexasPoodleMix
    I worked for a year in lending then worked on a M.A. in Counseling. After a blah internship I realized counseling is not for me. I don't believe i am effective I frankly find the sessions boring (I'm being honest) It's the same thing everyday, angry kids, adhd, angry kids, adhd. I like a bit of variety ! I also like to help people and be a busy bee !
  9. by   terrapinstation
    I am a 42 year old male,after 21 years of being an accountant in the financial
    services industry I need a career change. I went to a career counselor and
    nursing was one of the careers among others that came through that I should
    consider. My wife is a CCU nurse and she says I have the right personality
    and temperament for nursing. I have been accepted to a community college
    in New Jersey for pre nursing program to get a A.S in Nursing. The school
    requires you take the pre reqs (Anamoty & Phyis I& II) etc and take a test
    before you can take nursing courses. I am aware of the pros and cons of the
    nursing profession. After 21 years from graduating from college, I have some
    apprehension of going back to school full time and also juggling family respons-
    ibilties (I have a 10 yr old son) . If anyone can share a simlar experience I
    would greatly appreciate the feed back.
  10. by   minnib
    Hi All,
    I just wanted to say to everyone good luck!!!I am an LPN on a Rehab unit at a local hospital and I really do like it, please some words of advice...be prepared for other nurses not to be as enthuised about nursing as you are!, some of these nurses will make you feel stupid or down nursing...let it go on one ear and out the other, believe me you will develope thick skin at some point!!! Even on my worst nights having a patient say to me they will not get good care while I am off for the night is the sweetest thing a person can say to me makes it all worth it! There so many highs and lows in nursing and so many emotions it is a very fulfilling and very draining career at the same time knowing that you are taking of someone who has terminal brain cancer and has 6 months to live and they don't even look sick is troubling. You will think any symptom you have is some dreadful disease....you know it's funny sometimes I wish I didn't know all these medical stuff:-) Anyway you are more than welcome to email me for any other nursing info. Above all else please make the sure the real reason you want to be a nurse is because you really love to help people believe me (good)nurses do not ignore call lights for 15 minutes just because there is an aide on the floor!
    Majantiques@aol.com
  11. by   zicovico
    I obtained my BBA in Accounting in 2000, and have just few classes left to complete my MBA. I presently work with a financial institution as a Senior Accountant. I have observed, along the path of my life, that I work better with women. I have had better professional relationship with female bosses than male. Virtually all my friends are female.

    My wife recently pointed my attention to a female-oriented profession such as Nursing. She felt if I have better professional relationship working with the opposite sex, Nursing is a definite plus. For the past months, I have developed a unique passion for the profession of Nursing. However, I am taking things slow as I do not want to make any major mistake as I make the career change.

    I have already been admitted to a community college for Associate Degree in Nursing.

    Anyone in the same boat? Any advice on the career change?
  12. by   kellilou3
    There appears to be some strange relationship between accounting and nursing, because many people on this board are leaving jobs as accountants to become nurses. I know someone who actually went in the opposite direction-leaving nursing for accounting. Why is that?
  13. by   zicovico
    Quote from kellilou3
    There appears to be some strange relationship between accounting and nursing, because many people on this board are leaving jobs as accountants to become nurses. I know someone who actually went in the opposite direction-leaving nursing for accounting. Why is that?

    You would notice that the proportion of those leaving Accounting for Nursing far outweighed those leaving Nursing to Accounting. It is very rare to see people leaving Nursing for Accounting. At least, I haven't seen any. On the other hand, I have seen scores of friends and schoolmates that have either changed career to Nursing or Pharmacy.

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